Hannah Begbie was born in London. She studied Art History at Cambridge University before working as a talent agent, representing writers and comedians for more than a decade.
In 2016 she took part in City University’s Novel Studio, winning their prize for new writing. She developed her debut novel, ‘Mother’, through that course. It was published by HarperCollins in 2018. ‘Mother’ won the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award for new writing and was made Book of the Month on Mumsnet. It was selected by Fern Britton for her inaugural Tesco Book Club. It garnered positive reviews across the board, with The Irish Examiner calling it ‘simply brilliant’ and The Financial Times, ‘human and true.’
‘Mother’ has now been optioned by the BAFTA-winning Clerkenwell Films for adaptation into a television drama.
Hannah is a regular guest on the radio and on podcasts, with recent appearances including BBC Radio’s ‘World At One’, Paddy O’Connell’s ‘Broadcasting House’, The Standard Issue podcast and Penny Smith’s show for TalkRadio.
She is currently writing her second novel, for publication with HarperCollins in Spring 2020. She lives in north London with her husband, a screenwriter, and their two sons.
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